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This jerry21.jpgalien is the father of two sons and one daughter, and a grandfather of two girls and three boys, and as of March 25, 2017 a great grandfather of a boy. He has also been the husband to the love of his life for over 53 years. To add to his already overflowing cup he also has the special privilege of being the father-in-law of two wonderful Christian helpmates to his two sons and more recently of a Christian husband of his daughter.

Because his progeny are all scattered about and busy with their various lives, the opportunities for this alien to share his thoughts, admonitions, observations and perhaps wisdom are few in number and limited in duration. Thus he will use this means to honor the mandate given in Deuteronomy 4:9.

 

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

Jerry 2017 Reunion (5)In July 2017 I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). IPF is an interstitial lung disease in which the alveoli become scarred, preventing them from passing oxygen to the blood stream and carbon dioxide from the blood stream. It’s a progressive disease and will result in death in three to five years after diagnosis. There is no medical cure for the disease. Oxygen therapy and other palliative care are the only treatments that help the person with IPF. Idiopathic refers to any disease with an unknown cause or mechanism.

As my health and vitality declined, it became obvious that had to sell my tax and accounting practice and retire, which I did on October 31, 2017. On February 28, 2018 I qualified and registered for in-home hospice care with Hinds Hospice. Their care and competence are superlative, exceeding even the most demanding standards.

IPF has been a blessing to my life. Since depositing my faith in Jesus Christ 48 years ago, I have been looking forward to the day that I would see Jesus face-to-face. Since the announcement that I had IPF and had to retire, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and sympathy of others, expressed in so many ways: cards, mails, phone calls, text messages, and visits. In response I have been able to share the love I have for Jesus Christ and thereby encourage others. I have been able to share that I do not fear death, in fact I am eager to pass through the veil into the glorious light of his presence. I am content and at peace and have no wish that things were different for me. I am a blessed man, for “the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” (Ps 16.6)

 

 

 

 

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